Monday, April 4, 2016

Camouflage

Never before, never again
would I believe that
Love could conquer all.
The face in the photograph
said a thousand words---yet,
I never heard them…
I only heard my own.
I am not a warrior,
though I painted on a brave face,
and became battle-scarred.
I am not a soldier,
though I camouflaged emotions,
and bravely fought on.
Still, I fought alone and lost.
Finally, through the wisdom
only age brings…
I realized that in losing, 
I won.

~McGuffy Ann Morris, Weeds, 2012

This poem is deeply personal to me for many reasons. I have been told by others that they also connected with it. That is the greatest achievement for me as a writer, to move people.


Please read my Challenge Reveal Post for insight on the poetry that I chose to share here.


26 comments:

  1. This is a marvelous poem. I'm too mired in my personal anguish right now to believe I will ever win at anything. However, thinking back on some of the things I thought I wanted so much at certain times in my life, I'm damn glad I didn't get them!

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    1. Cie, you win each day, by hanging on and persevering. You are a winner.

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  2. A very deep and moving poem, I can feel the need never met, deep hurt, yet you survived the journey and came out victorious and strong although scared. I can't say that I have experienced what you experienced but somehow we all have our own untold story.

    I hope this is a great day for you.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you for this, Julia. I love reading your stories. Hugs.

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  3. Sometimes the only way to win a game is not to play, or to stop playing if you've already started.

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    1. Indeed. We do what we need to do to survive. The key is to do no harm.

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  4. Great job with the poem! Definitely very moving.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I hope to share on WWW, too.

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  5. I loved this poem when I first read it in Weeds, and I love it still. Many of us hide or have hidden behind brave faces, but you are right that sometimes in losing and letting go, we do win. I do not believe that love can always conquer all, but if two people both love and try hard enough, then it surely can!
    Josie Two Shoes from Josie's Journal

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    1. Each experience shapes who we are, and what we believe, based upon those experiences. To share them offers hope.

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  6. Great job! I have always had a difficult time putting words together in almost any setting, I admire those that have the talent to do so.

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    1. I am happy that you feel that way. I always hope that I can be the voice for those who cannot express in words what they feel in their heart.

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  7. This is absolutely moving. Thank you for sharing.

    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
    I’m focusing on my music collection this month. And having fun. Hurray for that!

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    1. Darla, I appreciate your comments here, and am glad you were moved. Thank you for sharing that!

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  8. You should be very proud of this work. I am sorry that you had to suffer, but glad you came through and won. XO

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  9. Reminds me of the long-term relationship I had all through college, and how the best thing that ever happened to be was being brave enough to finally end it. Love and hugs, Janet

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  10. I like the poem. Speaks to me. We are all rather beat up by later in life.

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  11. I can't seem to find the words to tell how this poem of yours affects me. You have written veiled words but the veil is transparent. Heartbreaking yet victorious.

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  12. Ha - As I read the first few lines, I was like... wait, I know this poem.. I've read this before!!! And then I realized it was you! :)

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  13. This is a lovely poem, depicting so well how we often approach relationships.

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